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SCO Terminates Darl McBride 458

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bpechter writes "Linux Today reports SCO has terminated Darl McBride and linked to the SCO 8K SEC report. The report found also at the SCO site and states: 'the Company has eliminated the Chief Executive Officer and President positions and consequently terminated Darl McBride.'"
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SCO Terminates Darl McBride

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  • See ya! (Score:3, Funny)

    by fataugie (89032) on Monday October 19, 2009 @12:07PM (#29795251) Homepage

    Don't let the door hit you in the ass!

    Sucka

    • Re:See ya! (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Penguinisto (415985) on Monday October 19, 2009 @12:13PM (#29795361) Journal

      I doubt he'll cry too much over it. His little stock kiting scam has made him somewhat independently wealthy, and barring a lawsuit, I doubt he'll have to give the money back.

      OTOH, I doubt that no one in the tech industry (save for maybe Microsoft) would ever hire him for anything.

      (the Linux Foundation could maybe use a janitor, but...)

      • Re:See ya! (Score:5, Interesting)

        by couchslug (175151) on Monday October 19, 2009 @12:24PM (#29795541)

        "OTOH, I doubt that no one in the tech industry (save for maybe Microsoft) would ever hire him for anything." ....except to repeat his SCO adventures with another expendable company.

        • Re:See ya! (Score:4, Interesting)

          by earnest murderer (888716) on Monday October 19, 2009 @01:47PM (#29796783)

          Or anyone wanting a CEO who would do anything to keep their stock prices up in their failing business.

        • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

          by stfvon007 (632997)

          Id hire him in a second if i was a major software company in a big building. He could be the window washer on the side of the building where people throw pennies off the roof. Of course the elevator control system will run linux and the $699 license fee will come out of his (minimum wage) pay. Also the pennies thrown off the side count as tips! :D

      • Re:See ya! (Score:5, Insightful)

        by oldspewey (1303305) on Monday October 19, 2009 @12:40PM (#29795795)
        Guys like this always pop up again somewhere. We have not seen the last of Darl McBride's assholery ... not by a long shot.
      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        by mcgrew (92797) *

        (the Linux Foundation could maybe use a janitor, but...)

        I think they'd be fools to hire him as a janitor. Think of all the mischief a sociopathic janitor could cause.

        • by rts008 (812749)

          Obligatory
          I am a sociopathic janitor, you insensitive clod!

          Careful there, or I'll grab a rag and clean the toilets, then clean your coffee mug!
          And I have keys to everything!

          Yeah, I see what you mean!

    • by AndyFewt (694753)
      Poor guy, he never deserved this! *stifles a laugh* Karma baby!
    • Re:See ya! (Score:5, Insightful)

      by MightyMartian (840721) on Monday October 19, 2009 @12:25PM (#29795561) Journal

      Don't let the door hit you in the ass!

      I think they've already sold the door.

      Sucka

      He's received millions in compensation during this whole pump-and-dump scam. I'm sure he's crying all the way to the bank.

  • ... to say Hahahahaha?
  • by the_fat_kid (1094399) on Monday October 19, 2009 @12:08PM (#29795273)

    I don't think that word means what I want it to...

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by mcgrew (92797) *

      I'm disappointed too, I thought maybe he met the governor of California.

  • by TechyImmigrant (175943) * on Monday October 19, 2009 @12:08PM (#29795287) Journal

    >SCO has terminated Darl McBride

    That's a bit harsh. Couldn't they just have fired him?

  • by Kenja (541830) on Monday October 19, 2009 @12:09PM (#29795291)
    "terminated" can mean so many more interesting things.
  • Big deal (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Bruce Perens (3872) * <bruce@perens.com> on Monday October 19, 2009 @12:09PM (#29795293) Homepage Journal
    The guy gave us grief for years and no doubt socked away millions on what he got from kiting their stock. He and Ralph Yarro (the owner) get away scott free, and let's not forget that besides the money there are the two suicides connected with this case: Val Kreidl Noorda and Rob Penrose.
    • Re:Big deal (Score:4, Funny)

      by Penguinisto (415985) on Monday October 19, 2009 @12:14PM (#29795373) Journal

      Agreed. Call me when the shareholder lawsuit gets filed (if ever).

    • Re:Big deal (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Jailbrekr (73837) <jailbrekr@digitaladdiction.net> on Monday October 19, 2009 @12:16PM (#29795399) Homepage

      Further to that, now that he's no longer at SCO, no one knows where he is going to land. Now that he has a taste for FOSS blood, he might end up at another company whose sole business model is litigation.

    • Re:Big deal (Score:5, Informative)

      by GPLDAN (732269) on Monday October 19, 2009 @12:16PM (#29795401)
      From: http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-19229004_ITM [accessmylibrary.com]

      Val Noorda Kreidel, Ray Noorda's only daughter, shot herself to death at her home in Huntington Beach, California at 8am last Thursday morning, March 17, according to Orange County supervising deputy coroner Cullen Ellingburgh.

      She shot herself in the head with a handgun, Ellingburgh said. He ruled out murder.
      Ms. Kreidel committed suicide less than a week after the fracas over the management of the Canopy Group, her father's venture capital operation, was settled.

      She was 49 and leaves a husband, four daughters and a son in addition to her parents and brothers.

      The settlement transferred Canopy's 32% position in the infamous SCO Group and an undisclosed amount of money to former Canopy CEO Ralph Yarro. The Yahoo message board related to SCO's stock wasn't content with the initial report that Ms. Kriedel died of an apparent heart attack and placed calls to the coroner that tore away the protective euphemism.

      Given Ms. Kriedel's conservative Mormon roots, one can understand why the family might be giving it out that she died of natural causes.
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by DoofusOfDeath (636671)

        Given Ms. Kriedel's conservative Mormon roots, one can understand why the family might be giving it out that she died of natural causes.

        I assume you're point is that suicide is considered an unforgivable sin in Mormonism?

        If so, and if they really believed it, I would expect them to be far more worried about their daughter's eternal fate, than what the community thought.

        • Re:Big deal (Score:5, Insightful)

          by ConceptJunkie (24823) on Monday October 19, 2009 @12:54PM (#29795995) Homepage Journal

          Those two things are not mutually exclusive. If I had a child who committed suicide, I'd be disinclined to share that information.

          Regarding suicide being a sin, it's a touchy subject though because many, if not most, people who commit suicide are mentally ill or are suffering from other mitigating circumstances. I can't speak for Mormon theology, but as a Catholic, we can pray for the repose of that person's soul. We cannot and do not judge the disposition of that person's soul. Personally, I trust in the mercy of God and that whatever He does is just. There's not much else you can do.

          • Re:Big deal (Score:5, Interesting)

            by CorporateSuit (1319461) on Monday October 19, 2009 @01:09PM (#29796147)
            Mormon theology is one of the most lenient when it comes to suicide. The person who died gets full burial rights and it's believed that if the dead was not 100% in control of their mental faculties (i.e. schizophrenia, drug side effects, clinical depression, etc), then they won't be held accountable for that act when the judgement day comes. Since no one knows but the dead and God if that was the case, then the church assumes the person was spiritually innocent and treats their service and their family as if it were natural causes, letting the judgement fall completely on the other side.
          • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

            by MBGMorden (803437)

            Catholicism has a belief in purgatory though, which most Protestant denominations do not believe in.

            Personally, having been raised Baptist, it was taught that suicide was pretty much a straight ticket to hell with no redemption, period. Reason I was always given was that "Sin cannot enter into heaven.", and that killing yourself was a big enough sin that you would have to ask for forgiveness before entering heaven, but given your death in the act you never would have a chance to repent for that sin.

            Being t

            • Re:Big deal (Score:4, Informative)

              by danaris (525051) <danaris&mac,com> on Monday October 19, 2009 @02:27PM (#29797455) Homepage

              Catholicism has a belief in purgatory though, which most Protestant denominations do not believe in.

              That's because the Pope made it up some time in the Middle Ages as a fundraising tool.

              Dan Aris

              • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

                by pyrr (1170465)

                Indulgences were the fundraising tool, the notion of Purgatory simply created the demand. Johann Tetzel even came up with a witty slogan, translated from German, it went something like, "Every time a coin in the coffer rings, the soul from purgatory springs!".

                This very act of blatant corruption is purportedly what motivated Martin Luther to post his theses on the church door, and later led to the schism. So naturally Protestants would wish to distance themselves from the things the movement's founder was

        • by Bruce Perens (3872) * <bruce@perens.com> on Monday October 19, 2009 @01:05PM (#29796113) Homepage Journal
          I know a devout orthodox Christian family that suffered a suicide of one of its members. One of the worst parts for them was the way that the church that they'd been part of, and served, for all of their lives turned away from them.
          • by Archangel Michael (180766) on Monday October 19, 2009 @01:41PM (#29796695) Journal

            Sad. But too often true. All one needs to do is read the book of Job (the one in the Bible, not Apple CEO), to see this.

            As a congregational leader, it is tempting to sit in judgment when bad things happen to good people. It is also easy to marvel when good things happen to bad people.

            However, I teach that these things are as much a test of character as anything. I'm not one who can judge another, because simply it is not my job description.

            As tempting as it may seem, we should instead focus on what we can do with what we have, to build up and bless(Order, Peace, Joy) this world we live in; leaving it better than when we found it.

            But hey, what do I know? I'm a wacko religious nutcase. ;)

    • Re:Big deal (Score:5, Insightful)

      by spun (1352) <loverevolutionary@nOSPAm.yahoo.com> on Monday October 19, 2009 @12:21PM (#29795501) Journal

      Oh, Bruce. Vicious, semi-legal, fraudulent, knock down drag out competition is the cornerstone of capitalism. Why, if CEOs do not try every ruthless, amoral strategy they can think up, they aren't competing. Without competition, the fat lazy companies take over the business ecosystem. If companies did not try to take advantage of every customer, supplier, and worker, those customers, suppliers, and workers would take advantage of them, or worse yet, everyone would get a fair deal. And if everyone got a fair deal, the strong would not succeed and the weak would not fail, and that would weaken the gene pool.

      See, by relentlessly screwing us over, people like Darrell are improving the species.

  • TERMINATION (Score:5, Insightful)

    by gbarules2999 (1440265) on Monday October 19, 2009 @12:10PM (#29795307)
    He'll be back.
    • by gavron (1300111)
      I hope so. He hasn't been kicked around at all. He can claim he did fine and the market / court system / other evil lawyers "done' did me in." I want him back so he can take his licking.
  • For some background, Darl McBride was the CEO who saw the Linux company SCO through some of the hardest times the company ever went through. As CEO, McBride redefined SCO so as to make it one of the most talked-about computer companies ever. His leadership pushed the SCO reputation to limits most companies never reach.

    SCO is a company for the history books nowadays, but just a few years ago it was one of the most influential companies around, garnering interest and vile from MS and a host of Linux vendors. They will be missed.

  • Wait, they fired the best publicist in the history of the company, perhaps one of the best in the history of the tech industry? Why on EARTH would they do that? Now they've got nothing left!

    Or have I just been brainwashed by the "no such thing as bad publicity" crowd?

    • by Archangel Michael (180766) on Monday October 19, 2009 @12:19PM (#29795463) Journal

      I don't know about that. I kinda lean towards the Former Iraqi Information Minister, Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf (AKA Baghdad Bob)

    • by JustNiz (692889)

      This is the guy that killed any credability the company had, drove away their userbase, fired their engineers, killed any chance of SCO ever making honest profit again, singlehandedly turned his own and the company's name into something synonymous with evil, and kept taking multimillion dollar performance bonusses even when the company was heading into bankrupcy, and you think he was good for SCO? wow.

  • Did the Gun Help? (Score:4, Informative)

    by dcollins (135727) on Monday October 19, 2009 @12:15PM (#29795381) Homepage

    "Darl McBride, chief executive of SCO Group Inc., says he sometimes carries a gun because his enemies are out to kill him. He checks into hotels under assumed names. An armed body guard protected him at Harvard Law School when he gave a speech last month."

    So, did he ever get use that gun against the people who terminated him, I wonder?

    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,595047068,00.html?pg=1 [deseretnews.com]

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by Dan667 (564390)
      fitting punishment for all mcbrides misdeeds is for him to live in paranoia. Hope he suffers relentlessly. Even funnier is that I expect nobody likes him, but no one is actually out to hurt him physically.
    • by s-whs (959229) on Monday October 19, 2009 @12:20PM (#29795479)

      > "An armed body guard protected him at Harvard Law School when he gave a speech last month."

      > So, did he ever get use that gun against the people who terminated him, I wonder?

      I wonder more why anyone at Harvard law school would invite, and even listen to him?

      Yes, it is of course just part of the wonders of modern society, where a sociopath can keep on messing up society via influential positions he gets via friends (i.e. fellow sociopaths). Isn't it great?

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by daem0n1x (748565)

        Yes, it is of course just part of the wonders of modern society, where a sociopath can keep on messing up society via influential positions he gets via friends (i.e. fellow sociopaths). Isn't it great?

        Sociopaths rule the world. [slashdot.org] It won't ever change. Get used to it.

      • Re:Did the Gun Help? (Score:5, Interesting)

        by raddan (519638) * on Monday October 19, 2009 @01:33PM (#29796565)
        Eh, it's like when my legal studies professor brought a Worcester attorney into our classroom to talk about his experiences. The prof told him to be totally honest. The lawyer was, like, "Really? Well... OK." and proceeded to tell the class all about the bribery, secret handshakes, personal agendas, and legal gimmicks that actually make the world (or, Worcester anyway) go round. As a student, it was very enlightening. It also totally crushed my desire to ever be an attorney.
  • by millwall (622730) on Monday October 19, 2009 @12:16PM (#29795393)

    "The Company is also looking to raise additional funding and sell non-core assets"

    Translation: The company is looking at further litigation, and selling off all software development divisions.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 19, 2009 @12:29PM (#29795613)

      You don't even need to "translate". The next sentence in the TFPressRelease reads:

      These actions will allow the Trustee to preserve cash and the value of the business while enabling the Company to proceed with asset sales, pursue litigation against, among others, IBM and Novell

      (emphasis mine)

  • by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) on Monday October 19, 2009 @12:18PM (#29795435) Journal
    He'll probably just get a cushy job with his buddy Mr. Yarrow's merry band of censorship enthusiasts [cp80.org].
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 19, 2009 @12:19PM (#29795443)

    I'm uninstalling my Caldera Desktop in protest.

  • I guess the question is when is SCO going to die? I know it is close to Halloween but this is one zombie that needs a bullet in the head!!
  • Good bye loser! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Mysticalfruit (533341) on Monday October 19, 2009 @12:31PM (#29795635) Journal
    The good part of this is that he stuck around long enough to run the company into the ground!

    kill -9 `pgrep darl_mc_bride`
  • by Locke2005 (849178) on Monday October 19, 2009 @12:37PM (#29795749)
    "Ding, dong, the witch is dead! Which old witch? The wicked witch! Ding, dong, the wicked witch is dead!"
  • Chris Sontag (Score:5, Interesting)

    by ichthus (72442) on Monday October 19, 2009 @12:40PM (#29795799) Homepage
    Now, they just need to get rid of Chris Sontag [sco.com], who publicly brags that he was the architect behind the attack on Linux in the media. A company I used to work for hired him temporarily for business development. On his first day there, he actually thought he'd earn points from the software engineers by telling us about his attack on Linux. Needless to say, he didn't last very long at our company, where we primarily used Linux as our dev platform.
  • by Rolgar (556636) on Monday October 19, 2009 @12:40PM (#29795807)

    Dear Darl McBride:

    I would like to interview you for a position I have. The application requires a licence that costs just $699.

    Signed,

    All future potential employers

  • The Ha Ha is on YOU! (Score:3, Interesting)

    by MarkvW (1037596) on Monday October 19, 2009 @12:42PM (#29795829)

    Maybe SCO got rid of Darl because the company doesn't need an executive any more. It needs a lawyer to manage litigation, because the big lawsuit (such as it is) is the only asset of SCO.

    If you're not making, only suing, then it makes sense that your corporate boss should just be a lawyer to manage the lawsuit.

    SCO's new slogan: "We're a big, lean litigating machine!"

  • by flyingfsck (986395) on Monday October 19, 2009 @12:52PM (#29795951)
    As Voltaire put it: "He was a kind and generous man. Provided of course that he is really dead." Uhm, not dead yet? Just laid off? What a pity...
  • by RichMan (8097) on Monday October 19, 2009 @01:41PM (#29796691)

    Darl was hauling in a pretty pile for driving SCO into oblivion.

    Last year while in BK he hauled in $492k.

    http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1102542/000095013409004254/v51630e10vkza.htm

    This from a 60 person company. That was losing money like crazy.

    http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1102542/000095013409001443/0000950134-09-001443-index.htm
    $13M revenue, $8.7M loss

    Nice 0.5/13 -> 1/26 of the revenue was paid to Darl

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